Improvements to the filter room and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system were completed on time for the the scheduled opening date of Tuesday, Sept. 5.
From the very first step into the Hannibal YMCA’s revamped pool, you can clearly see the fruits of a complete revamp that began in July.
The bright purple pennants, ventilation ducts and lane marking color accents echo the Hannibal Hurricanes Swim Team’s new colors of purple and red and freshly painted walls and ceiling.
A grippy new epoxy surface surrounds the pool, which received a new interior surface.
Improvements to the filter room and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system were completed on time for the scheduled opening date of Tuesday, Sept. 5. From the beginning of the project as the decades-old tile was removed, Aquatics and Marketing Director Kayla Williams enjoyed watching the progress of each stage of the renovation. Williams said it seemed as if the project flew by, noting that crews dealt with the occasional snag here and there smoothly so the pool could open on time.
“For me personally, seeing it all from day one of them taking up the tile, and then coming in and watching the crew... then watching them lay the floor, how they’re doing the process of the plaster [for the pool interior], for me it’s a new experience,” Williams said. “I’ve never really been a part of a renovation to this magnitude.”
YMCA staff members including Williams, Maintenance Manager Steve Minton and Executive Director/CEO Eric Abts busily applied finishing touches in the area, including preparing to install the swim team leaderboards along the walls. Bleigh Construction oversaw the renovation work, with A.H. Kemner and Sons performing paint work and Capri Pools completing mechanical upgrades.
Williams said swim team practice would begin Tuesday afternoon, with tryout sessions scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 7. Williams said she was grateful for support from the Hannibal Aquatics Center, Hannibal Country Club and the Palmyra Community Pool for hosting the aquatics programs during the renovation efforts. Abts echoed Williams’ excitement to get fall aquatics programs back in the Hannibal like swim team tryouts, private and group lessons and classes going for members.
“Our staff, our board of directors and our members are very excited to have the pool up and running,” Abts said. “It has been a long two months, and we appreciate our members’ patience as they’re waiting for these improvements to take place.”
Abts said that the timing was ideal, with fall around the corner and a distinct need in the community for an indoor pool as temperatures dropped.
“We needed it in September,” he said with a smile.
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